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Email:hlotia@lead.org.pk

Cohort:14
Designation:Director Programmes

Organization:LEAD Pakistan

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Nobody excelled in LEAD as quickly as did Ms. Lotia – from an intern in 1999 to Director Programmes, Program Development Department in 2012. She has more than 14 years of experience in the development sector. She has hands on 10 year experience in developing programmes, strategies and policy incentives as part of various intervention at LEAD. Other than being instrumental in developing LEAD’s overall framework document and the public policy program, she spearheaded the team of experts and staff to develop LEAD’s program on Climate Change - Climate Action Program (L-CAP), a five year initiative to promote climate compatible development in the country. To further the climate change programme, she developed and operationalized various online (web-based and email based) and community based networks including National Alliance on Climate Action (NACA), Knowledge Network on Climate Change (KNCC) and Climate Leaders Action Network (CLAN). Various projects were also designed to facilitate and nurture the network and its activities. Currently she is engaged in developing further programmatic areas for LEAD including Water and Urban Resilience. She is also engaged in implementing the existing Climate Change programme through delivering multiple projects for various donors and designing new ones. As the regional coordinator for Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), she initiated the project in Asia, recruited and trained the team, developed business plans, systems/procedures for project scoping, implementation and monitoring.

Currently she is developing the Water Programme and its implementation strategy for LEAD. It is a 5-year programme focusing on providing technical assistance, research, capacity building and public policy engagement in areas of disasters, droughts, transboundary, groundwater and water quality from an access, equity and hazard perspective.

She serves on the Board of Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) – a network of organizations and institutions working on climate change issues. She has strong analytical and written communications skills, evidenced by publications in national and international fora and extensive social and political economy analyses for new programs, as well as policy briefs for officials in the government. She has a Master of Science degree in Economics from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Ms. Lotia has also undergone a year-long training on Sustainable Development as part of global Leadership Development Program (LDP) at LEAD.

                                                                                                (Updated On December 2014)